Gaudete For String Quartet

By vaughan • 19th November 2011 • Posted in: Manor House Music Recordings

‘Gaudete! Gaudete! Christus Est Natus’ is included on ‘It Came Upon The Midnight Clear and other carols’ (click on the link to hear us playing a sample from it), the second CD of string quartet Christmas Carols from the Manor House String Quartet. It is another melody that appeared in the celebrated collection of sacred songs of 1582  entitled ‘Piae Cantiones’. The manuscript does not contain any melody for the verses and the standard version comes from other liturgical sources. The folk rock outfit ‘Steeleye Span’ did it a huge service by releasing a version in 1973 that appeared in the British charts – their version is sung with a distinct authenticity which captures the medieval flavour perfectly.

Our version (arranged by violinist Vaughan Jones) tried to evoke a feeling of being played by a consort of viols and the harmonisation was based on the original descant, alto, tenor and bass parts which appeared in the 1582 manuscript. ‘Gaudete’ provides a welcome contrast as it’s peculiarly Medieval feeling remains intact.



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